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u.k. intelligence chiefs make it a story televised public appearance but so far failed to address the issue of mass surveillance and concerns over privacy violations. also we report from guantanamo bay prison where guards feel the comfort of billions of dollars being spent to keep their spirits up. the life of an egg one across here a little more than a life of a detainee if you run one of these babies over the line is ten thousand dollars. away from the soothing privileges the inmates are being served with tailor made torture instead as one former inmate tells us. altitude handover the sochi olympic torch reaches the ice as after a storage launch from baikonur cosmodrome.
this is r.t. coming to life from the russian capital on welcome to the program the heart of the heels of american intelligence bosses trying to justify mass surveillance as britain's spy chiefs or now given the florida explain themselves but what's been expected to be a grilling over widespread spying so far looks like a q. and a session on counterterrorism are just her first is in london following the hearing and she joins us now live for more on this so sara do tell us what the questions focused on and have we really learned anything new today. well that session is still ongoing of course is started it c.p.m. and at last ninety minutes say the n.p.c. still grilling the three u.k. spy chief it's the first time that they've been seen in questions like this in public and it's being broadcast live but of course with that short delay in case
anything said that kids in danger national security know it's there in law when the director of t.c.h. . park of the m i five director general and surgical sawyer is the sixty who are in the hot seat and so we've seen them taking the questions there's been a huge amount of answers given by the m i five and my six bosses we haven't heard say much from the heads of g c h q now that's not entirely unexpected because although he's been in his post the longest of the three traditionally of course d.t.h. he is the most secretive of all days agencies but we have seen them pushed on a number of issues and actually just about ten minutes ago we heard the issue of. these surveillance programs full stop and the question that was put to them was why do they think it's necessary to gather the majority of information in order to
catch the minority and terrorists and people he'd seek to do harm to the u.k. now that question was taken by the c.h.p. boss and he said quite defensively that he don't spend their time reading the public's e-mails and he went on to give an analogy and he used the analogy of the internet as a hate filled and trying to find the key information about terrorists he said was like pinpointing that particular point in the hay fields you'll have to take with me on this analogy because it was a long one but he used. and he said that basically the bit that's. not true today i understand. and looking for that information those be lots of bad he said and i quote innocent hey say saying that they they are very aware of the fact that when they're looking for information there is no caning through it's going to be information that isn't related to terrorist activities and presumably that would be
members of the public's e-mails and online data. and he said at the very end that i'd have to say this and that the people that i employ not essentially that they're out to save people's lives if any of them for different reasons than they'd be out so defensive and so certainly from the head of d.c. if you're not sure that's going to that's just life people who are really looking for. grilling about these issues they've got a wide range of subjects to cover here so not really surprising that we haven't seen huge amount on this topic yet but as i said that session is still ongoing and of course we'll be updating you as it continues certainly still remains to be seen what it will be leading up to but right now there is still a lot of food for thought there sara thanks so much for bringing us up to date there sir for us from london while the public hearing of the three spy chiefs continues and we'll be keeping you up to date meanwhile you can watch it live at
our t.v. dot com. well most experts agree the intelligence bosses are unlikely to find themselves in hot water unlike the journalists who release notice documents well take a look at efforts the british government has made to plug the leaks back in july the offices of the guardian newspaper which had some of the files were raided by g c h q agents and had drives were destroyed and months later david miranda a partner a former guardian journalist glenn greenwald was detained for nine hours at heathrow airport he was in transit between berlin and readers in a row after meeting a filmmaker who was involved in breaking the leaks the man is challenging his attention and through the courts although british authorities insist moran is actions constitute a terrorism professor of international security david galbraith believes the government's going too far. i do think the public has a right to know exactly be over already i think asians of the intelligence
community most definitely i think that the issue around how far the u.k. government can go in squeezing an independent and independent newspaper or news organization is totally is totally unacceptable within a democracy and we have a strong judicial system which is suggesting that in fact the government is going too far and its crackdown on the government but the key thing is that we have to have trust in our and i'll the titian is that they will have proper responsible oversight of the intelligence agencies otherwise we're no different than the other not an obviously. according to the snowden leaks you can intelligently was able to monitor up to six hundred million communications every day they were the only ones who had access to them eight hundred fifty thousand in the same police and private u.s. contractors could also dig into u.k. databases as guided she can explains britain wasn't alone in helping washington keep an eye on the world. intelligence services of five english speaking countries
have joint resources to spy on the whole world the u.s. is the most resourceful its closest ties are with britain's jussi h.q. but canada australia new zealand are also contributing australia backs up washington by keeping tabs on asian countries from the documents leaked by edward snowden who learned that. embassies across asia pacific host this highly sensitive intelligence block from the program as part of the fly bys network is not just terrorists that the five eyes are looking for a former australian intelligence officer privy to the program said the main focus is political diplomatic and economic intelligence most recently the east timorese government complained publicly about australian spying during negotiations on the future of the timor gap oil and gas reserves canada two is interested in natural resources and is accused of actively spying on south america edward snowden revealed that canada with the help of the n.s.a.
hacked into the brazilian ministry of energy and mines he also exposed that the u.s. has been spying on brazil's national oil company edward snowden revealed some details of how the five guys operate but even before intelligence officials made no secret of their quote unquote orwellian cooperation i met yesterday with our five guys colleagues and one of them. offered up the term that is poppies become popular and his countries are called the efficiency dividend which is. the orwellian euphemism for cuts. for these intelligence services it looks like a give and take relationship a two way street or should i say a five way street in washington i'm going to check on r.t. . or you would you know if you are from moscow coming up later in the program japan is braced for the most dangerous operation of the crippled fukushima nuclear. powerplant since the twenty one meltdown crew is monitoring events there plus.
we have come to do serious business to make concrete progress that expresses optimism over the current round of nuclear talks with iran but that approach is not shared by everyone. wants to decide to be more serious that they have to start lifting the genocidal sanctions those sanctions are killing ordinary iranians. the cost of maintaining one of the planet's most notorious jails guantanamo bay will hit five billion dollars next year artie's crew went to the camp to find out what exactly american taxpayers are paying for. despite misconceptions give lho is not just a geo to be or not to be shot it's also a forty five square mile military base with no plans of going anywhere full of signs of established american life it is a navy base and we just happened to have the camps in here home to the only
mcdonalds on cuban soil a subway sandwich shop a starbucks and a taco bell you got busted vested financial interests there you go to starbucks and . all of these other places that help to set up a logistical support for the troops that are all over the there are about five and a half thousand people living and working on the base roughly half serve the actual detention center the u.s. government has been leasing this territory since one thousand nine hundred three for just over forty five hundred dollars curiously that is still the price today but it's said that the cuban government has been refusing to accept this money for decades the castro government said you know we don't want this lease anymore in the united states' position was that it's a binding lease and in the lease it actually says that it can't be broken unless both sides both countries agree to that that strikes me as a very odd contract server and territory that the u.s. has occupied against cuba's wishes since one thousand fifty nine most officers come here for short term of up to nine months or longer deployment of two to three years
far from whole life isn't put on hold and you can't date certain people way you can certainly have if it's away from your like rank system then you're allowed to there's the don't tell me see i'm an open air movie theater playing all the hottest hollywood blockbusters and it ticky bar to let loose after a hard day's work even though most say schedules aren't that intense anyway we actually get quite a bit time off like a decent man and we go to be an end of year as our activities for people to do m.w. are stands for morale welfare and recreation. almost every sport known to man is available to team get well on state of the art facilities. i love it it's a lot of people think there's not much to do but there's definitely an abundance to do. being in a remote location doesn't even have to affect eating habits an all you can eat lunch cost just under five bucks and breakfast is half that price a downside though information or lack thereof for a decision a lot of the t.v.
programs broadcasting here are army focused. and internet is almost nonexistent the base dubbed no stream a stand by some soldiers even so we're told those serving here are banned from looking at websites like wiki leaks for example once classified always classified. even if the information has long been made public there are other strict regulations in place too fun fact about guantanamo apparently the life of an costs here a little more than a life of a detainee if you run one of these babies over the fine is ten thousand dollars. there's a very strict speed limit in guantanamo and it's a very slow speed limit and people say that that's that's all about the quantised somewhat ironic at a place marred by human rights scandals officials make a point of showing journalists how well prisoners too are kept and thirteen here we're now in a typical so for
a compliant detainee at guantanamo they would be allowed to eat books have a two piece here some head and shoulders who the less compliant ones have to wear the orange uniforms and get only two books at a time who's going to the other side so you can see the books detainees can't come in here but the prisoner library lovingly displays the best of their art for t.v. crews to see a lot of pre-selected books to avoid certain topics violence sexual and religious stuff controversy shelves packed with magazines d.v.d.'s and video games plenty of ways for legit prisoners of war to pass the indefinite time they're kept here without charges and party guantanamo bay cuba and to watch our reports from behind the camps walls including conversations with n mates and their lawyers online so log on to r.t. dot com in a time you like for special coverage. the such a twenty four thousand torch relay has taken
a cosmic twist and now there are memorable moments in the journey of the olympic symbol the multinational crew carried it aboard the international space station r.t. lindsey france witness the event from mission control. just at the international space station and as you're seeing right now i think the new clue is disembarking they hatch has just opened and one crew member and the torch if you can i would be the first to make it out now of course the crews are going to give each other it's very exciting where everyone sort of people very bonded i'm very excited to see this one person very quick trip just drive hours so it's very exciting to see this actually happen live and a lot of smiling faces around here of course the family members are also being broadcast from baikonur of course they're very relieved to see their loved ones arrive safely over now of course the big events this is saturday when the torch will make history by going on a spacewalk it will be tethered to two two cosmonauts before as to spend several hours in outer space of course we'll be bringing you that live here on our show you
can follow us on twitter one mobile devices on television and we will be bringing you this live on saturday but for now everyone is just very excited that we get started early this morning and by our north has now ended with such success. above about four hundred kilometers actually about to be heard so here at mission control if you're in moscow and it's been a success and the video is just amazing to watch it for indeed a remarkable scene there of but it's just the first step of. the torch relay our correspondent martin rees has more on what's next for the king symbol. docking confirmed for twenty seven am central time and now the crew and symbol of the upcoming winter games have met on the international space station cosmonauts all i cut off and so i go to sun scheme will take the modified torch on a space walk roughly four hundred kilometers above earth fully docked with the current crew this will only be the second time in the isis history that three soyuz
spacecraft and nine crew members have been aboard the lab complex at the same time millions will watch as the torch makes history safety and physics mean they carved like the torch in space the design has also been changed so it can't fly away with it it wouldn't make much sense everyone knows there can be no flame in outer space as nothing burns there and it doesn't make sense to fake it after circling the planet several times the torch will come back to earth with the three returning crew members on the eleventh of november to continue its record breaking relay with the world's attention on this historical moment it's a nervous time for everyone involved we only need to prepare psychologically because you can't just before miss work mechanical you have some routine job after all we are doing with the symbol what you will of it's always good countries working together for the birth of everybody on the planet so in a small way i think it's great that we are in this similar to the international
space station which is another indication of international cooperation over the coming weeks thousands of torchbearers will join the olympics we like across sixty five thousand kilometers of terrain covering all eighty three regions of russia once complete it will be the longest really in the history of the winter olympics which will become an eight in the opening ceremony of the games in sochi by the black sea february seventh in the meantime they lympics for which meets the final frontier but here we are. a moment's promises to be truly out of this world most of them to reduce the baikonur or as you well r t will be bringing you more on the record breaking torch relay for the twenty fourteen winter olympics in sochi of course and on saturday when the torch is taken on an historic spacewalk we'll have special coverage of the amazing event live here on our t.v.
well more news is coming your way as for break stay with us. deliberate torch is on its epic journey to suck. one hundred twenty three days. through to some nine hundred cities of russia. relayed by fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand killings. in a record setting trip by land air sea and others face. a limping torch relay. m r t r two dot com.
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welcome back you're watching our words of guarded optimism over iran's nuclear. crisis solution are once again heard in geneva where a fresh round of talks between iran and six world powers have gone underway official say an outline of a long awaited deal is emerging world powers are offering a partial easing of sanctions if iran freezes some parts of its nuclear program michael mann a spokesman for the e.u. foreign affairs chief catherine ashton who chairs the nuclear talks told r.t. there's a promise but it's ultimately up to iran to end the standoff signs of good in the fact that we all getting into the detail in a way that's really never happened before under the previous iranian government we have come here to do serious business to make concrete progress the iranians have expressed the wish to do the same so what we hope is that they will follow up their words that good words with good deeds in the negotiation room they have to make a certain number of undertakings and guarantees this is a prout's the iranian nuclear program where the international community has
justified concerns so they have to make that step and and really you know agree to do certain things that the international community is demanding for example it's all about the enrichment of uranium which is currently being and reached in iran to a level which is not necessary for a peaceful nuclear program therefore there are certain things that they have to do of course this is the negotiations that both sides have to be flexible but the the first step really needs to come from the iranian side. how to manage the a journalist based in tehran disagrees that the talks success depends purely on iran no one can can expect a major breakthrough as long as the israeli lobby is putting pressure on the western side if dead western side ones to respect iranian rights to enrich uranium if they are ready to respect that right i can guarantee from my sources close to the negotiating team that the talks with definite is sexy. otherwise if they're not going to respect your right to enrich uranium it's not
going to get anywhere iran says we're going to be more cooperative we're going to be more transparent at the. same time you don't want to be out of sight to be more serious that is they have to start lifting the genocidal sanctions those sanctions are killing ordinary iranians diabetic's cancer patients he will feel the not harming the government they're harming ordinary people. announce spoken advocate of such sanctions israel is increasingly resorting to twitter with the hash tag stop the charm offensive spreading their message that iran's diplomatic efforts are merely aff assad we've got that story online. also there is the trial over an acid attack on the bolshoi theatres are testing director continues the victim speaks about the assault and demands almost one hundred thousand dollars in compensation. and a clear cleanup team in fukushima is preparing to move the power plants fuel rods
to a safer location is the most hazardous undertaking at the japanese facility since it was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami two and a half years ago he has the latest. extracting these rods from the pools is a really hard task because each one of them called ways of more than three hundred kilograms and they cannot even hit each other that's what caused a nuclear chain reaction not only these pools are crippled but the machinery the automated machinery doesn't work as well so every rod has to be extracted from the pool manually the tepco company running the fukushima clear up process and the japanese government are now in a vicious cycle situation because on the one hand they need to remove these fuel rods they are consuming a to the water as has been reported in the waters of the fukushima nuclear power plant and on the other hand of course this is a very risky venture because they have to literally extract every rod and there's more than a thousand of them and each drop has to be extracted manually we also managed to take
a peek inside the no go zone in other areas and you know what what shocked me the most and surprised me the most and i'm saying that by my experiences of travelling to the explosions on interim novel that in the fukushima area the towns which are just close to the station ten fifteen kilometers away from the station they have been reopened for residents were literally saw people rebuilding their houses in this area in case anything happens these people would have to be relieved evacuated again and or putting themselves under very serious risk well in fact in the fukushima region itself there are several n.g.o.s who are do not believe the government and the tepco organization in their measurements of the radiation levels the one which struck me the most and we talked with them yesterday the movement called the mothers of fukushima these are ordinary women who are afraid for the safety and health of their children they bought radiation meters which the cheapest of them cost around a thousand u.s. dollars and they are just patrolling the area staking their own measurements and sending them to the government but the government as they say is doing nothing is not considering the radiation measurements as if they're trying to play down the
scale of the things happening even in tokyo in front of the industrial ministry there's a peek at there's a protest happening for already eight hundred days with the people there protesting against nuclear energy and the actions of the government and the tepco so you can see how serious the rhetoric of the anti-nuclear movement is now in japan even though they say that their voices being often silenced by those that power. now as we go to some other stories from around the world riot police have stormed the state media building in athens a victim for a task force who have occupied it for five months scuffles erupted between the officers and the activist the public broadcaster era he was shut down in june as part of deep budget cuts with hundreds of employees losing their jobs as a result. of british military court is concluding a hearing into the alleged murder of an afghan prisoner of war by a well marine the incident which took place in two years ago was captured on the
soldier's helmet camera the insurgent was found by three remains after being injured in a helicopter attack and was allegedly shot in the had by the defended the court has withheld the video but an audio clip has been released in which the soldier can be heard admitting he has just broken the geneva convention. in turkey police have clashed with students angry at the organization responsible for university education eleven for pastors have been arrested students say the border is a remnant of the dictatorial coup of ninety eighty and should have told responsibility for higher education they have previously occupied the dean's office at anchor university and set fire to documents. in the philippines now where over two thousand residents have been really qaeda from areas in the path of super typhoon hate on schools have been closed fly it's cancelled and emergency services put on high alert the storm which is believed to be the strongest this year is expected to
hit the philippines within the next twenty four hours. well you're up to date here on our team next abby martin pulls apart the key failings of the obama presidency in breaking news that. illegal immigration is a hot topic and everyone always says that immigrants do the work that no one wants to do well let me explain why that is i would occur just on vacation got into a taxi term by a former migrant worker who used to make a living at moscow he told me that he really worked hard driving unloading trucks after five years he came back home and bought a house yes from the cellar that russians can't even survive on he was able to buy a house employers and russian america say that locals don't want to work or
demotivated well want to margaret work or on a salary that could build a bright future one compared to a local who can't even make ends meet while you could see why the market workers are a lot more motivated let me put it to you this way if you knew that you had to work five hard years of some awful labor under awful conditions somewhere far away like brazil or germany what would be able to pay off the house would you do it i think you would let's not buy into this myth that locals in country x. don't want to work they just don't want to work and complete futility for table scraps but the shust my opinion. i you willing to engage yourself in the debate when you would be pressing not only of war legalisation of cannabis in ireland but can paying for their ballast meant of those punishments and say united arab emirates well look at what their own situation here first and say as we've seen with the countries that share easiest to solve with their countries that you mentioned there it's an even bigger problem and
i would be opinion of the opinion that it is actually union rice to consume what you want so long as it isn't hamming older so this is actually a bigger issue than kind of this is about the suffering that i have over my own father. what's up freedom fighters i'm abby martin and this is breaking the sat so yesterday was voting day and many americans took to the voting booths to cast their decision for what corporate puppet they want representing them in their respective cities i know i know i know i'm sorry i'm so cynical about this so-called representative democracy but let's be honest the big corporate donors behind these candidates are really the.